Nha Trang, Vietnams Beach Resort City
Nha Trang is a major Vietnamese resort area famous for beautiful beaches and growing entertainment options. It is Vietnam’s most popular coastal town that has benefitted from its proximity to a number of great beaches. Directly across the water from downtown Nha Trang is Tre Island boasting an amusement park and additional popular beaches. The area attract people from all over the world and seems particularly popular with Russian tourists looking for sunshine and beaches.
Where Your Ship Docks
Nha Trang is a tender port with a landing location south of the city at the main port area. The tender pier does have public facilities nearby and when ships are visiting a market is usually set-up near the tender dock selling t-shirts, crafts and souvenirs. Hint – when buying t-shirts it’s a good idea to buy a couple of sizes larger than your used to as Vietnamese sizes run really small.
Disembarking – This is normally a tender port as large cruise ships cannot be accommodated at its piers. Wheelchair bound passengers will encounter challenges both in getting on tenders as well as disembarking at the pier.
Port City Characteristics – This port has a moderate to steep geography where there are typically elevations and inclines to deal with. Otherwise wheelchair infrastructure is typical of large cities. The waterfront and near port area has moderate inclines in sidewalks but the city itself can be more difficult. Intersection crosswalks may have curbs or other wheelchair obstacles.
In the city of Nha Trang there is one of the worlds largest cablecar systems connecting to Tre island across three miles of water to Vinpearl Amusement Park. The most convenient way to get around is by taxi where most drivers speak English. The trip from the port into the tourist center of town is about five miles and should cost about five US Dollars. The city of Nha Trang is a good walking town as a number tourist attractions, popular restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and shopping are within walking distances in the center of town.
If you’re more adventures Nha Trang also has a bus system with six routes. This is another good way to get around with fares being no more than 5000 Dong. The buses are air-conditioned and comfortable. Through the tourist area of Nha Trang are two popular routes, the No. 2 and No. 4 that cross near the center of town and have stops at a number of good beaches.
The local currency is the Vietnamese Dong that runs between 20,000 and 25,000 to 1 US$. Also the U.S. Dollar is welcome, actually almost preferred almost, everywhere at good exchange rates as are most major credit cards
The major attraction are the beaches. The largest resort beach area is along the coast ten miles south of the port toward the town of Biển Đông, but there are additional good beaches on the north side of town and over on Tre Island.
One of the longest cable cars over water is a great ride to Tre Island and Vinpearl Land with its views, the sea breeze gently rocking the care and the surrounding blue sea.
Nha Trang also has a number of cultural sites including the Long Sơn Pagoda, a Buddhist temple in the city. It is regarded as one of the main attractions in the city, along with the Hai Duc Temple. There is also Po Nagar, a Cham temple tower built sometime before 781 AD and located in the nearby medieval principality of Kauthara, not far outside Nha Trang. It is dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country, who came to be identified with the Hindu goddess Bhagavati.
The area also has a number of highly rated skin diving and scuba diving sights. As an interesting note the waters around Nha Trang support a thriving seahorse population and collection industry much to the objection of the UN and wildlife protection groups. Dried and powdered seahorses are popular in some Vietnamese culture and cuisine.